ECHN’s Cancer Survivors Day Celebrates Life

Jul 1, 2011 -  MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT –Eastern Connecticut Health Network’s (ECHN) Cancer Survivors Day, featuring the John A. DeQuattro Memorial Lecture Series, was held on June 11 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Over 300 attendees listened to keynote speaker and Figure Skating Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton share his personal experience with cancer. Hamilton’s talk, which focused on making every moment count, was incredibly inspiring and motivating. Before Hamilton spoke, a gold medal was placed around the neck of each cancer survivor in attendance symbolizing their respective victories over cancer.

After the keynote talk, attendees enjoyed a luncheon at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, located across the street from Manchester Memorial Hospital. In addition, all attendees were given a copy of Hamilton’s book, The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to be Miserable), and were able to personally meet Hamilton at the book signing following the event.

This event was made possible through the generosity of sponsors, including CT Challenge and the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center.

ECHN and the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute hold many cancer-related special events, community education programs and support groups. For a full listing of programs, please visit

Hamilton’s keynote address was full of inspiration…along with many humorous anecdotes.

All cancer survivors received a gold medal to celebrate their survivorship. Hamilton stands proudly with other cancer survivors.

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